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The schedule kicks off with the Tour de Spearfish, a local pub crawl for bicycles, at 4 p.m. today, with registration at Crow Peak Brewery. Participants are encouraged to bring friends, dress in costumes, and register to win a New Belgium Fat Tire Cruiser.

Sunday features the community social ride and barbecue, beginning at 5 p.m. at Spearfish City Park. The ride is planned for all ages and abilities, and following the ride, a barbecue featuring local food, as well as entertainment by local musician Jami Lynn takes place at the city park central shelter.

On Monday from 5-7 p.m., there will be an informal meeting of Green Drinks, geared toward anyone interested in the environmental field, at Sunshine Café at Good Earth Natural Foods. Also on Monday is a “Bike to Spearfish History” ride, which is a short ride with stops highlighting historic points of interest in the area. It begins and ends at the W.S. Tretheway Pavilion in Spearfish City Park, with a start time of 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, people are invited to “Beyond the Bike Path” at 10 a.m. at Blackbird Espresso to discuss riding bicycles in town, including planning a route, safety, and accessories, with a ride around town to follow. Also on Tuesday is a ride to Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon. The ride begins at 6 p.m., with participants meeting at Two Wheeler Dealer. Participants are encouraged to bring water and dress for the weather.

Thursday’s events include the Tour de Brewer, a homebrew equipment tour, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the W.S. Tretheway Pavilion in Spearfish City Park. At 7:30 p.m., the bike-in-movie, “Breaking Away,” will begin at Evans Park. Participants are encouraged to ride to the movie and bring their own popcorn.

Friday features the official Dakota Five-O pre-party from 5-10 p.m. on Grant Street off of Main Street in downtown Spearfish. There will be music by Smooth Beethoven, a bicycle show and shine, a bicycle raffle, Strider bike races beginning at 6 p.m., slow bike races starting at 7 p.m., prizes, and more.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, there will be a bicycle safety workshop from 1-3 p.m. at Grace Balloch Memorial Library, and the event includes a bicycle and helmet fitting. There is a bicycle tour of the community “Linking Fences” art installations that begins at 3 p.m., with participants meeting at Spearfish City Hall, and later, from 5-7 p.m., there is a pasta feed at the W.S. Tretheway Pavilion in Spearfish City Park. There is a $10 cost per plate, with proceeds benefitting the Spearfish Community Bike Shop.

Jeremy Smith, co-founder of the Spearfish Community Bike Shop, said that the week has grown out of the desire to celebrate bicycles in daily life and that the organizers try to work in as many aspects of bicycles as possible during the week. This year, he is excited to see how the week is coinciding with a lot of bicycle infrastructure/signage being installed around Spearfish, as there is a new fixit station on Main Street; signs are being added to the city’s rec path; and bicycle route maps are planned to be installed along the rec path.